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France — Temporary employment falls only slightly in June

13 August 2009

According to the latest figures published by the official French government employment agency ‘Pole Emploi’. Temporary employment suffered a mild fall of 1% in June 2009 when compared to the previous month.

Temporary employment was down by 4,800 jobs, which demonstrates that the drastic fall in temporary employment has begun to ease. However, between June 2008 and June 2009 temporary employment fell by 169,800 jobs, which represents 26%.

Negative growth in temporary employment compared to 2008 was even worse in previous months: -29.9% in May, -31.9% in April, -33.9% in March, -33.3% in February and -29.7% in January.
Temporary employment, which is often regarded as an indicator for developments in other job sectors was actually up in the industrial sector in June 2009 by 1.6%, which is regarded by ‘Pole Emploi’ as a positive sign for the French labour market in general.

These figures were released at the same time that the French government announced a surprise return to growth in the second quarter with GDP up 0.3% after a year of recession,


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